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Atlantic Ocean, beaches, D-Day,
dishonesty, friendship, home front,
Hungary, rationing, refugees,
Rockaway, World War II
Set in 1944 just after D-Day, the
story follows Lily and her family
who always spend the summer in
Rockaway in a house on stilts over
the Atlantic Ocean. Her friend,
Margaret, has moved away to a
factory town. Her father is going
overseas to fight in the war. Lily
has no friends until Albert arrives.
He is a refugee from Hungary. They
form a special friendship and have
secrets to share and lies to hide.
Lily learns to see the war and her
life in a different way.
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- Author and Book
- Patricia Reilly Giff (1938- )
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- Book Connection. Read a Kids of the Polk
Street School book. Compare these books to Lily's
Crossing. How are they alike and different?
- Fun Connection. Lily and Margaret eat candy in
the attic. In groups, trace the history of each candy
type. Create a mobile with favorite candy wrappers.
Invent a new candybar, wrapper, and advertisement.
- Social Studies Connection. Explore the
ThinkQuest student project, HomeFront, about life in the
US during World War II. Create a timeline on the wall of
the classroom showing what might have been happening in
Lily's life, in the US, and in other parts of the world
during each year of the war. As a class, complete the
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- Home Front. Find out about American life at
home during the War.
- Women in World War II. Learn about what women
did during the war, both at home and on the
- Rationing. The U.S. government began rationing
supplies during World War II. Find out what things were
rationed. Interview an older person who can remember
items that were rationed.
- World War II Countries. Albert came from
Hungary. Learn more about this country. Choose a country
and learn about how it was involved in World War II.
- World War II Events. The story took place
after D-Day, 1944. Find information on what ended the War
and why. Create a news story about the end of the
- Rockaway Beach. Explore the area where Lily
lived. Would you like to live on the beach? Why or why
- Victory Gardens. What would you grow in a
victory garden? Why?
- As a 6th grade Language Arts
teacher, I find Lily's Crossing a magnificent book for my
students. Last year, I read the book to them---they took
notes as I read. I was able to introduce them to B-24s
via the internet, WWII, the Holocaust...and all the
topics related to the book.
- This year, since the school
didn't have money for more novels, I bought 35 copies (a
class set) for my students. I also purchased the
audiotape. I found a candy store that still sells Necco
Wafers, so I have ordered those for my students to try
--- I also have the Walnettos. I am hoping to use Lily's
Crossing for my classes year after year. The students
learn many interesting details that might be missed in
other novels----black out screens, painted headlights (I
didn't know this one), and ration books.
- I also hope that someday there
will be a movie of this novel. That way, I can also show
that and have students compare/contrast novel to
- My kids will be making Victory
Garden posters and will plant a Victory Garden in the
classroom. I will also be letting them listen to Portia
Faces Life--- as I found a copy! I also have the actual
picture of the poster which hangs in the bakery "Loose
Lips Sink Ships," and photos of B-24s.
- And besides all of
that--------- the science teacher will be helping them
with the constellations; the geography teacher will be
helping them with the location---she's from NY, so she
knows Rockaway Beach (as does the science teacher)--and
Albert's journey------- and the math teacher will be
helping them plot the miles. It's going to be a great
- For the students' monthly oral
presentations during the time we are reading Lily's
Crossing, the students do research on the net, in the
library, and by interviewing women who were alive during
WWII. They do a small report and then make a poster to go
with that. I also show them the movie "Fly Girls" done by
PBS, which portrays the life of the WASP during
- When we have finished the
novel, students work in groups to develop a radio soap
opera like "Portia Faces Life" in the novel. Each group
is responsible for a scene from the book, complete with a
commercial. They add their own sound effects, their own
music, and they paraphrase a scene.
- Lily's Crossing was one of the
best books I've ever read I got it for christmas this
year and by boxing day I was finished it! It had so many
twists and turns that could never guess what would happen
next.Thank you for writing such a great book!I can't wait
to read another one of your books. Megan
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